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comment Bringing someone's ashes abroad
ziplock bag? Extremely disrespectful. Expect security to question you for using that method of transportation even if the act of transporting peoples' ashes is legal (which it seems to be in many countries)...
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comment How to survive the heat in regions with very high temperature?
And don't forget a hat. Not a baseball cap, but a light hat with a reasonably wide rim to shield your eyes and neck from the sun.
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comment How to survive the heat in regions with very high temperature?
@Geeo long flowing garments are better than short tight garments, but those are still better than long tight garments (especially the ones typically sold in cooler climates, as those are designed to keep the wearer warm, rather than prevent overheating, different materials).
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comment Is there any trick to checking in more weight on planes?
@Flimzy and it's not even true. Some airlines, on some flights, do weigh people. Especially when they fly small aircraft of extremely balance sensitive ones like floatplanes.
Jul
16
comment What items are forbidden to take when traveling to the US that would be OK in most other countries?
@Lohoris the only thing that would in your logic answer the question is going through the import restrictions of every single country on the planet, crosscheck those all with US import restrictions, then make a guess as to what constitutes "most countries" in the mind of OP, and generate a list based on that. Go ahead and do so if you have the time and inclination...
Jul
1
comment What does it take to make my car fully compliant with all EU countries?
@Relaxed probably. Police in many countries aren't always familiar with details of the law, especially corner cases like which local regulations are waived for foreigners and especially in areas where they'd not see many foreign cars.
Jul
1
comment Why do they sell luggage in airports?
@O.R.Mapper there's car dealerships behind customs on some major airports. Those customers aren't likely to carry their new BMW or Merc as cabin luggage, are they?
Jul
1
comment Why do they sell luggage in airports?
most duty free shops now can arrange for delivery of your purchase, so you don't have to carry it with you. Works for the cars you can buy in some duty free areas as well :)
Jul
1
comment What does it take to make my car fully compliant with all EU countries?
Netherlands require replacement bulbs, something even many Dutch people don't realise. But same as in France, I've never heard of anyone being fined for not having them unless they were stopped for a broken light and couldn't replace it (of course with the way most cars are now built, replacing a light without a workshop is a futile effort whether you have spares or not).
Jul
1
comment What does it take to make my car fully compliant with all EU countries?
@Relaxed my parents used to drive to Spain regularly, were told by those same guys that they'd best comply with Spanish regulations and have 2, as well as safety vests for everyone, etc. Nothing about Belgian fire extinguishers though.
Jun
30
comment How to get to “Life Of Pi's” bizarre island?
@AdityaSomani yes, the world islands. They're build of rock and sand dumped on the sea floor until they break through the surface, then clad with more rock and sand. And it's subsiding.
Jun
30
comment Can we carry three new smart phones in hand luggage to India?
Carryon is also X-rayed or searched on arrival in many countries (not sure about India) and the phones would be noticed. It should raise eyebrows.
Jun
30
comment Can we carry three new smart phones in hand luggage to India?
@AdityaSomani so am I, or he'd not ask how to trick his way past customs, but the best way to get past customs without getting into trouble is to simply pay up. Honesty is best... And being a "student" has nothing to do with it, being cheap does.
Jun
30
comment Does a US immigration officer really have the power to deny entry to the country at personal will?
@andra the system lays out the rules to be followed, the individual decides whether to follow them and has final authority. Of course you can question that decision in which case another individual (usually a superior) will review that decision and make his own, again based on those same rules.
Jun
30
comment Does a US immigration officer really have the power to deny entry to the country at personal will?
@HagenvonEitzen those statistics would be muddied further by visa that are valid as issued but issued based on for example false information applied by the applicant or the applicant did things that would have led to denial of the application after the visa was issued.
Jun
30
comment Can I bring an anti-religious book into Saudi Arabia?
I'd guess a hardcore atheist book might also get you in trouble if it's not specifically anti-Christian. +1 for "anti-religious" meaning "anti-muslim" to the Saudi authorities. If it didn't a lot of their own publications would be illegal. And of course under their law there's only 1 religion...
Jun
30
comment Cellphone carriers in Europe
and of course roaming charges are regulated by the EU (for whatever reason) to the point where it's almost uneconomical for EU carriers to offer roaming at all.
Jun
30
comment How to get to “Life Of Pi's” bizarre island?
@AdityaSomani and it doesn't float. Rather it sinks...
Jun
30
comment Can we carry three new smart phones in hand luggage to India?
just declare them and pay the fee, no problem that way unless it were illegal to bring phones into India which to the best of my knowledge it isn't.
Jun
30
comment Can we carry three new smart phones in hand luggage to India?
if I were a customs official and I noticed 2 brand new looking phones in someone's luggage, without SIM cards, I'd be highly suspicious. Obvious sign that they're attempting to smuggle the phones into the country. Better just pay the import fees, declare them as you should, and save yourself the trouble.